Bjorn Bjerhamn (l) Mark Maloney (r)

Mark Maloney is The GROTTO

Submitted by Anthony Davis

Grotto

In the face of strong Opposition criticism, Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman is adamant that it would be foolhardy for Government to treat the New high-rise apartments at The Grotto, St. Michael as any ‘normal development. In fact, if Kellman gets his way, none of the 80 units at the Grotto will be sold at any discount rate – GROTTO Investment must pay off, Barbados Today

Once again this “people-centred Government” is reneging on something which would redound to the benefit of the poor, the needy and the vulnerable of our country in order to give it to the upper echelons of our society!

Are they less worth than anyone in the upper echelons in our society?

You are infringing the Human Rights of the citizens of this country with impunity, yet you are fleecing them.

Where do you expect them to go for assistance, if you keep turning your backs on them after taxing them to the hilt?

The Minister of Housing and Lands wants a landing strip in St. Lucy, but he says that he must rent out the apartments at The Grotto for horrendous prices because the tax collector needs the money.

Which is it, Mr. Kellman?

Is there enough money for the landing strip or not?

Isn’t the landing strip nothing but a pie in the sky?

Does the tax collector really need you to offer those apartments at The Grotto at such a stupendous price, or are those words yours and you want to gain some traction by saying that the tax collector is responsible for making you do it?

Methinks that you are the one who is orchestrating all of this, but cannot admit that it’s all your doing!

All of a sudden you are an expert on water and transport also.

Your portfolio is Housing and Lands, so you should concentrate on that – giving priority to the needs of the poor, the needy and the vulnerable!

I must remind you that the “UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS” . to which this, and any other Government of Barbados is a signatory, states in Article 25:

  1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age, or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  2. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

I always hear: “Jack of all trades and master of none.”

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38 Comments on “Mark Maloney is The GROTTO”

  1. David May 30, 2016 at 8:02 PM #

    To date we have not had a plausible explanation given to taxpayers why a dividend was paid from the Housing Credit Fund to pay Maloney for the GROTTO buildings.

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  2. Well Well & Consequences May 30, 2016 at 8:05 PM #

    The usual mealy mouthed shithounds for politicians stealing from the poor to make the minorities wealthy. Donville Inniss said that the government took taxpayer’s money and invested in Apes Hill…how much money was invested and will will the taxpayer’s see back their money….did they bother to tell the people.

    Then this semi-retard, one of two, takes taxpayer’s money, first it was the blight that is coverley, Michael Lashley, now the grotto, how much is this costing taxpayers…are there any returns, how much of taxpayer’s money did this mutt Kellman give to the slime that is Maloney.

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  3. Prodigal Son May 30, 2016 at 8:13 PM #

    The taxpayers got ripped off with those apartments.

    The cost per square foot is nearly what obtains for building upmarket houses on an acre or half acre of land. Who the hell would pay 3-4 hundred thousand for a match box apartment.

    As per the norm…………Maloney and the dlp ministers win, the taxpayers LOSE!

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  4. Prodigal Son May 30, 2016 at 8:18 PM #

    David

    As per usual, this government would or can never explain their shady dealings. The minister of finance must have only realised that there was a Housing Credit Fund and decided this is a way to pay their master.

    Look at how they moved the catastrophe fund from out of NIS……….do you think that that money was spent long time as soon at it hit the consolidated fund?

    We are doomed!

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  5. Well Well & Consequences May 30, 2016 at 8:35 PM #

    These black men and women for politicians are a national disgrace.

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  6. David May 30, 2016 at 8:43 PM #

    What are the Governance Rules of the Housing Credit Fund? Have searched online without look.

    Here is what Central Bank board member Dr. Justin Robinson had to say about it when quizzed on BU last year.

    Hi David, let me give my responses to your queries. You would appreciate I can’t talk out board business on BU.

    An individual cannot have an account or deposit at the Central Bank.

    Housing Credit Fund matter would not have come before the Central Bank Board. Not a matter for the board. You can check the governance arrangement for the HCF.

    When I joined the NIS board in 2008, the latest set of audited financials was the 1998 financials. The NIS has been undertaking a special project to get the financials up to date and audited. To date as a result of the project the NIS has submitted financials for 1999 to 2013 to the auditor general. As a government department the NIS is audited by the auditor general. Due to the backlog, the auditor general put out a tender for the job and it was awarded to the only bidder Ernst and young. The audits have been very slow. This appears to be due to the difficulty in establishing the audit trail for transactions so long ago, and data quality issues due to the changeover in IT system in 2004. The 2004 audit was especially difficult because that was the year of the changeover,thankfully that’s over ,EY is well advanced on 2005 to 2009. I lose more sleep over this matter than you David.

    https://barbadosunderground.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/a-pop-kite-cabinet-preconco-jada-and-more/comment-page-1/#comment-583530

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  7. Well Well & Consequences May 31, 2016 at 5:35 AM #

    All the politicians will do is justify their corrupt actions, if they are not stopped. The opposition should be doing their jobs and get all the information out there of all the scams the politicians and business people sit and plan to get their hands on taxpayer’s money, no use holding back now….social media is working overtime….the oppostion needs to do it’s job, they too are bring paid by taxpayers, as Abrahams is reporting on the Cahill scam.

    The opposition at one time did the same, dirty corrupt things with the same dirty corrupt Maloney, Cow, Bizzy, Bjerkham and Peter Harris, they know how to bring down this government of nastiness and corruption…

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  8. David May 31, 2016 at 6:11 AM #

    Minister Dens Kellman posted this interesting status update on his FB timeline. Can we dispassionately evaluate it i.e. with out name calling for 10 points?

    Denis Kellman

    4 hrs ·

    I want to thank the panel who discussed the Auditors General’s Report. The impression created is that everything said in the report is about the politicians . The PPP is now a system being operated differently and that the previous PPPs were done using the financial rules that were not written for them. So the highway, prison, coast guard, court and others were tendered and I was blind in not seeing them. This report finds itself being discussed after the failed no confidence motion and the March. The auditor’s Report goes to the PAC to be investigated to! In my 22 years in Parliament I have never used the Auditor General’s report , because it is not the Bible. I saw the Issue of LIAT as an issue now , when I saw permission being sought to pay for parts for LIAT’ now providing money for LIAT is a crime and is now being provided wrongly. I want to Thank God for seeing the opinions of panelist.

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  9. Frustrated Businessman aka Republic my ass. May 31, 2016 at 7:05 AM #

    You are all putting the cart before the horse.

    This is how business works:

    Find a need in the market (food, housing) or create one (cel phones, cabbage patch dolls).
    Determine the price the market will bear.
    Determine the production, marketing and distribution costs.
    Decide whether the difference between cost and selling price is comfortable.
    Use the facts to create start-up capital and get to work.

    So, the private sector has determined the cost of low-income and middle-income housing, every time the NHC has tried to match those prices they have failed and lost taxpayers millions of dollars with overpriced houses rotting empty for years.

    The business genius Kellman would have had to have known:
    1. The market value of low-income housing per square foot of land and structure.
    2. The value of the land at the Grotto.
    3. The cost to build the high-rises (which there is no market for in Bim because Bajans want a bit of yard and room to grow their houses as families grow).

    Kellman would know these simple facts because he, unlike the rest of the useless lawyers, runs his own rumshop. There should have been no surprise when the final cost worked out at $500 per square foot, the facts would have been known in advance of project commencement.

    It therefore follows that the purpose of this project was never to provide low-income housing, it would have had to have been a scam from the beginning.

    You people need to stop addressing the symptoms and look for the seed problems.

    This was a teefin deal from inception, just like Andrews, Cahill, BWA, molasses tanks etc.

    There will be no recovery under Fumble’s teefin Fools. The entire world knows this and will shun us until they are gone.

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  10. Bush Tea May 31, 2016 at 7:15 AM #

    100% to Frustrated B

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  11. Well Well & Consequences May 31, 2016 at 7:26 AM #

    Ha-ha Frustrated. .lol

    Again…the minority business people, depend on the ingrained, genetic and inherent stupidity of black politicians to survive.

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  12. Frustrated Businessman aka Republic my ass. May 31, 2016 at 7:32 AM #

    Well Well & Consequences May 31, 2016 at 7:26 AM #
    Ha-ha Frustrated. .lol

    Again…the minority business people, depend on the ingrained, genetic and inherent stupidity of black politicians to survive.

    WWC, the biggest mistake stupid people ever make is assuming everyone is stupid. It is not Hubris, it is simply a matter of perspective.

    You know nothing when you are dead, everyone else close to you suffers. It is the same when you are stupid.

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  13. Artaxerxes May 31, 2016 at 7:33 AM #

    “In my 22 years in Parliament I have never used the Auditor General’s report, because it is not the Bible.” [Denis Kellman]

    This is the reason why Freundel Stuart is the only DLP prime minister who has seen it fit to appoint Denis Kellman as a minister. Sandiford and Thompson saw through the Kellman’s rhetorical political shiite and kept him on the back-bench and at Moon Town where he belongs.

    @ WW&C

    The below link shows what Kellman had to say about the CAHILL project. I wonder what he has to say after Lowe has now found faith in the WISDOM of the CAHILL critics.

    https://barbadosunderground.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/minister-denis-kellmans-reply/

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  14. Artaxerxes May 31, 2016 at 7:36 AM #

    @ Frustrated Businessman aka Republic my ass. May 31, 2016 at 7:05 AM #

    Excellent post!!!

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  15. Well Well & Consequences May 31, 2016 at 8:02 AM #

    Top of the line analysis, Frustrated….. we are witnessing the actions and extremely dirty business practices of politicians who have reduced themselves to the lowest common denominator…..and the weakest link.

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  16. Well Well & Consequences May 31, 2016 at 8:09 AM #

    Art…everyone knows Kellman is an idiot, no surprise that his low intelligence would deem an auditor general’s report on the country’s finances unimportant, particularly when there is money missing from the treasury. …someone saw him at the gym in Warrens recently and wondered how he even has the nerve to shoe his face in public.

    Fruendel’s intelligence level is not even one degree higher than Kellman’s or Kellman would have no ministry.

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  17. Old Baje May 31, 2016 at 8:32 AM #

    Reading Minister Kellman’s Facebook post made me embarrassed as a Barbadian.

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  18. Colonel Buggy May 31, 2016 at 12:08 PM #

    Scraping the bottom of the barrel

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  19. Negroman May 31, 2016 at 12:21 PM #

    Sad,sad,sad This is what my party has been reduced to.it hurts

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  20. Prodigal Son May 31, 2016 at 1:12 PM #

    OMG…………I feel your pain! We on BU were warning you dems but we were deemed doom and gloomers! All Barbados is in pain!

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  21. Prodigal Son May 31, 2016 at 1:24 PM #

    At least some honesty from a dem!

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  22. Raw Bake May 31, 2016 at 2:47 PM #

    Not disputing his class clown credentials, but was Dennis Kellman ever even a parliamentary colleague of Erskine Sandiford?

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  23. Raw Bake May 31, 2016 at 2:50 PM #

    When Sandi was Prime Minister that is.

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  24. Artax May 31, 2016 at 4:27 PM #

    Colonel Buggy May 31, 2016 at 12:08 PM #

    “Scraping the bottom of the barrel..”

    @ Colonel Buggy

    I love the cartoon.

    However, it would have been funnier if there was someone else scraping the bottom of the barrel and came up with Kellman in their hands.

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  25. Gabriel May 31, 2016 at 5:36 PM #

    Frustrated @7.05am
    They have been shunning us since the result of the 2008 election became known and all like now they shunning these a-holes in this government.Kellman is seriously retarded and cannot make head nor toe of his ministerial responsibilities.
    Stuart cherry picked Urban so he could build those apartments at the Grotto but like everything they have done,they did not make use of the advice of their technical staff.Stuart was looking to cement his influence in that constituency.He has no vision of Barbados.Barbados is in such a mess.Lord help us.

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  26. Prodigal Son June 1, 2016 at 12:27 AM #

    I continue to ask……prior to 2008, what was Mark Maloney ‘ s claim to fame?

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  27. Simple Simon June 1, 2016 at 1:10 AM #

    @Prodigal Son June 1, 2016 at 12:27 AM “I continue to ask……prior to 2008, what was Mark Maloney ‘ s claim to fame?”

    I dunno

    Maybe he had dropped out of high school and was stirring concrete in TO?

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  28. Simple Simon June 1, 2016 at 1:20 AM #

    Sell the Grotto apartments back to Maloney & Co. and let him rent them out to tourists who are coming to visit the Garrison historic area.

    They are conveniently near to several major sites in Bridgetown and its Historic Garrison U.N. Historic site.

    The Barbados Museum
    The Garrison racetrack
    The tunnels at the Garrison
    George Washington House

    Conveniently near too to excellent beaches and to excellent food all along the south coast.

    Drop some air conditioning in the buildings, provide an air conditioned bus for trips to the beach and to fancy restaaurants for meals.

    I bet that with really good marketing the thing could work.

    Use the money from the sale to provide more appropriate social housing, because clearly Bajans don’t want to live in the historic Garrison area, or can’t afford to do so.

    I wish that I could afford to live in that area myself.

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  29. Simple Simon June 1, 2016 at 1:21 AM #

    A home away from home.

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  30. Well Well & Consequences June 1, 2016 at 5:18 AM #

    Maloney’s claim to fame after his indentureship under Cow, Bizzy and Bjerkham was and still is…frontman….Prodigal.

    Remember, as much as he is pretending to be, wants to be, Maloney has admitted he is not white, there is a lot of black and mostly Portuguese features in his appearance.

    Bizzy bribes the politicians and now the police and Maloney walks in with his invisible overseer whip amd screams and shouts at the politicians and civil servants about how backward they are and they need to get him what his wants…he little yardboys for politicians already took the bribes, already contracted to sell out their own people….so they gotta pay the piper.

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  31. Well Well & Consequences June 1, 2016 at 5:24 AM #

    Simple…the politicians are idiots remember, just like with Coverley, they did not contract to sell the units back to Maloney, they contracted to buy the units from Maloney, if none sold…lol

    The taxpayers always loses in those contracts between them and the business parasites, the politicians make absolutely sure that happens.

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  32. David June 1, 2016 at 6:02 AM #

    Out of work

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  33. Well Well & Consequences June 1, 2016 at 7:35 AM #

    Yeah..the goal is to destroy black people and black businesses with the help of black politicians. ….the greedy pigs are at work.

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  34. millertheanunnaki June 1, 2016 at 9:17 AM #

    @ Negroman May 31, 2016 at 12:21 PM #
    “Sad,sad,sad This is what my party has been reduced to.it hurts.”

    Oh, what a Damascene moment for the sycophant Negroman! He has seen the Light of Truth about his DLP gang of liars, hypocrites, crooks and incompetents.
    What a pox on the so-called party for the poor black man.

    Oh, Negroman, you have all our sympathy.
    But we warned you, boy, that the current dangerous lying party under Mr. False Integrity Lord Lying Fumble is not the party of your father under EWB.

    The current ‘leaders’ of that deceitful lying party are endemically corrupt and totally controlled by business interests inimical to the development of people of your race and class. They have let you down badly, haven’t they Negroman?

    Now Negroman, one last confession is required from you before penance and forgiveness for your previous racist, hate-filled comments against the same whites, Indians and Chinese who still control and manipulate the black puppets in receipt of base metal medals from those formerly despised Guyanese.

    Is Lord King Fumble of Medal Muttley Land still the greatest Prime Minister Barbados ever had?

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  35. Simple Simon June 1, 2016 at 11:46 AM #

    No.

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  36. Colonel Buggy June 1, 2016 at 3:28 PM #

    Wasn’t there a Maloney ,also the son of a banker, who worked as a teller in a bank and was jailed for conspiring with thieves to cash bogus cheques?

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  37. David June 1, 2016 at 3:38 PM #

    @Colonel Buggy

    The boy did his time, we all make mistakes.

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  38. David June 2, 2016 at 11:41 AM #

    The cement price war is not only benefitting the consumer, the owners of the media houses are very happy.

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